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Biography & Genealogy Databases

Library databases are searchable collections of up-to-date and accurate information from trusted sources such as encyclopedias, journals, reference books and other authoritative resources. The Library subscribes to these so you can access high-quality, reliable information for free.

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Biography

Full text information on African American history and culture.
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Biographical information about African Americans, from the famous to the everyday person, including photographs and illustrations.
Comprehensive index to biographical reference works.
Mobile App
Full text biographical information.
Mobile App
Biographical and critical articles on current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television.

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Genealogy

Remote Access (CLP Card)
Biographical information about African Americans, from the famous to the everyday person, including photographs and illustrations.
NO Remote Access
A comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.
Remote Access (CLP Card)
A comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.
FOLD3
History and Genealogy Archives
NO Remote Access
Only available in the Pennsylvania Department of the Main Library. To access FOLD3 use the desktop icon on Pennsylvania Department PC's in the Main Library.
Fold3 provides access to US military records, naturalization records/indexes, city directories, historical newspapers and more.
A free database from the Latter Day Saints which contains billions of names across hundreds of collections around the world-including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military and more
Multiple volume searching of 1500 reference works from Genealogical Publishing & Clearfield Companies. Out-of-print, hard-to-find reference materials all available to read, print, email or download! Sources include essential "how-to" works that help to build a good family tree; colonial period works identifying early American settlers and chronicling American immigration; royal and noble ancestry; histories and source records of Native American tribes.
Search U.S. Census Schedules for the City of Pittsburgh (1850-1880) and Allegheny City (1850-1870), view images of historic Pittsburgh maps and photographs.
Newspaper Archive (CLP Only)
NO Remote Access
An historical newspaper database which contains newspapers from every state and 7 foreign countries- over 2,434 titles. The archive's newspapers date from 1759 to the present.
Four series of passenger lists containing over 6 million names of immigrants from Germany, Italy, Russia and the famine years of Ireland.
Remote Access (CLP Card)
Sanborn fire insurance maps are reference sources for anyone researching the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

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